Men in Movement:
Trans/forming Masculinities in Politics, Care, and Media
November (18th) 19th – 20th 2015
Espai Francesca Bonnemaison, Barcelona
Organization: UOC, Homes Igualitaris (AHIGE)
With support of: La Caixa (Internationalization at Home), IN3, Estudis d’Arts i Humanitats (UOC), Diputació de Barcelona, Homes Igualitaris (AHIGE) ‘ Gentic (IN3)
Masculinity studies emerged in the 70s but have become more generalized in the last 20 years, after Connell’s famous Masculinities and her theorization of hegemonic masculinity. However, they are still scarce within social sciences and in gender studies in particular, which have mainly sought to address women’s absence from the canon and to uncover power relations in gender relations.
Accordingly, the major trend in masculinity research has been focused on interrogating men’s practices from a critical angle, deconstructing dominant discourses and models on gendered meanings and doings. In some cases, unpacking “traditional” masculinities has been opposed to uncovering the so called “new” masculinities.
It is now time to move away from this oppositional thinking and add, to the critique of power, the study of emerging models of masculinities through a dynamic interrogation of men’s practices, experiences, discourses, and realities. This is particularly necessary in contexts of crisis, as the ones we live in, because they can be seen as an opportunity to challenge current gendered assumptions, norms, roles and stereotypes. We think that this dynamic approach, beyond the assumption of teleological progress in changing masculinities, can illuminate men’s practices in their processual moving and complex negotiations, and will help us to better understand gender relations and social processes of change.
This workshop aims to interrogate current understandings of masculinities bringing together cutting-edge researchers from different backgrounds and academic traditions in order to enable a conversation and build stable networks of discussion on masculinities from a critical perspective. The title of this proposed workshop Men in Movement expresses our intention to bring together critical thinking on masculinities considered as intersectional, complex, dynamic and flexible social processes.
This workshop thus sheds light on the ways in which men’s daily practices are shifting, on how traditions and images of masculinity circulate and are re-invented through our focus on the realms of politics, care and representations.
The workshop combines the participation of Barcelona-based researchers and professionals, with the participation of researchers and professionals from Southern Europe and Northern Europe.
The workshop will bring together specialists in the field of masculinities from different settings and contexts (university, activism and policy making). It is structured in three sessions devoted to the most burning topics in relation to masculinities. The first session Men and Gender Politics will gather experts in policy and activism for gender equality; the second session Men and Representations will gather experts in the cultural representation of masculinities (literature, cinema, the digital, journalism). The third session Men and Care will gather experts in fatherhood and men’s engagement in domestic labour.
There are three associated lectures to the workshop: the first one From Metrosexual to Spornosexual is given by the British journalist Mark Simpson, who created these very-well known labels. Keynote opening and closing lectures are given by Claire Duncanson (University of Edinburgh) and Jeff Hearn (Orebro University, Sweden).
– Begonya Enguix (Estudis d’Arts i Humanitats/UOC- Mediaccions/IN3)
– Paco Abril (Homes Igualitaris (AHIGE), UdG, UOC)
– Krizia Nardini (UOC- Mediaccions/IN3)